New Jersey Devils 4 vs Philadelphia Flyers 3
- Attendance: 13,906
- Three Stars: 1. Nico Hischer – NJD 2. Damon Severson – NJD 3. Kyle Palmieri – NJD
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The Devils defeated Philadelphia,4-3, tonight for their first win of this 2017-18 series. New Jersey is 1-2-0 against the Flyers this season. The clubs will conclude their 2017-18 season series on Feb. 13 in Philadelphia.
Both teams came out of the tunnel flying, with the Devils tallying the first score on the board on a power-play goal by Kyle Palmieri, his fifth of the year, 3:42 into the first period. Shortly after Palmieri’s goal, a scoring rally began with Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux netting the opposition’s first goal of the night 6:47 in the first. Goals from Drew Stafford, and Wayne Simmons, left both teams knotted 2-2 after the first 20 minutes of play. All four goals scored for both NJD and PHI were on the power play.
After a late tying-goal by Damon Severson with nine minutes remaining in the third, Nico Hischer earned First Star of the Game honors, scoring the game-winner with 87 seconds remaining in regulation. Blake Coleman assisted on Hischier’s GWG (first point since Dec. 27, 1A). This is Hischer’s first goal in 10 games (1/2-2/1).
Palmieri and Pavel Zacha led the Devils tonight two points each. Zacha notched his first multi-point game in the 2017-18 campaign. Travis Zajac set a season high with 9PIM tonight.
New Jersey is now 5-14-2 when trailing after two periods.
Keith Kinkaid stopped 22-25 shots in his first back-to-back start since Jan. 16-20 (2-1).
Drew Stafford (1G), Sami Vatanen (1A), and John Moore (1A) all tallied their first points since Jan. 13 vs Philadelphia.
The Devils are 6-2-1 at Prudential Center vs. the Flyers since the 2014-15 season. Tonight begins a two-game home-stand vs. fellow Metro Division rivals. The Devils will face Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The Devils were out-shot, 25-22, and surrendered an uncharacteristic two goals (PK 1-3, 33%) while shorthanded to PHI.
New Jersey is 6-6-1 against the Metropolitan Division and is 15-9-5 overall vs. the Eastern Conference. New Jersey is 4-7-0 over their last 11 games while the Philadelphia Flyers are 7-4-0. The Devils lead the Flyers by 4PTS now, in a competitive Metro Division.
The Devils celebrated their annual Pride Night as part of the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone initiative.
TOMORROW: 12:30PM Practice at RWJBarnabas Hockey House
SATURDAY: 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
7PM vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (